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Posted at 1:59 PM ET, 11/24/2010

Squad in Pr. George's seizes 100th gun

By Matt Zapotosky
Matt Zapotosky

The Prince George's County Police Department's District III Special Assignment Team is giving thanks for an unusual accomplishment this year: taking 100 guns off the streets before Turkey Day.

The squad of seven picked up its 100th firearm Saturday night, after they chased down a man who ran from a vehicle during a routine traffic stop on Landover Road with a Taurus 9.. in his hand.

Sgt. Adam Popielarcheck, who commands the special assignment team, said seizing so many guns in a year is a "very big deal."

As best he could recall, the most taken by the squad in a single year was 102 back in 2006, when the figure was bolstered by a search warrant that yielded 14 guns.

"We still got a month to go," Popielarcheck said.

The special assignment team is essentially a support unit for the District III detective bureau, serving the bureau's search warrants and patrolling areas that detectives deem hot spots for crime. Seizing guns, Popielarcheck said, is only a secondary function.

By Matt Zapotosky  | November 24, 2010; 1:59 PM ET
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Now all PGPD needs to do is take a couple of gun from some of their officers so the county will be a lot safer.

Posted by: PublicEnemy1 | November 24, 2010 3:37 PM | Report abuse

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